Moondog and His Friends - Moondog's Next 10" (10" Honest Jons)

 

A reissue of a mini album which sounds adventurous today, so god knows what they must've made of it back in 1953. His use of home made instruments, overdubs and unusual rhythms from around the world give a feel of a pan-global language.

These seven compositions fall into two distinct sections. The five on side A are like recordings made on an exotic West Indian beach, complete with bird song, coconut percussion (well, not really), marraccas and singing. Funnily enough some of it was recorded a world away, on the streets of New York. He could flip worlds with sound. 

The B side is the more formal, with two tracks erring towards the  recognisably classical but still retain the crazy percussion. HM

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